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Unit information: Managing People in Education in 2020/21

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Unit name Managing People in Education
Unit code EDUCM5204
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mrs. Lythgoe
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit focuses on theoretical concepts and practical applications that underpin the management and leadership practices crucial to the effective management of people in educational contexts. We consider international models at the interface of management, leadership and human resource management and the relationships between organisational cultures and goals and the management of people within them. Subsequent sessions focus on key features including: recruitment, retention and motivation of staff; mentoring and coaching; managing individuals and teams; interpersonal skills and communication including negotiation and conflict management; ethical dimensions of managing people and appraisal and self-evaluation. Issues of gender, ethnicity and the importance of different cultural and organisational contexts will be considered throughout.

Unit Aims:

  • to explore a range of key topics relating to managing people in educational settings;
  • to develop knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives and concepts, and their application to personal management and leadership practices in educational contexts;
  • to critically analyse how management practices can be transferred and transformed between different contexts to make them more applicable to local contexts;
  • to promote reflection on and further inquiry into aspects of managing people which enhance personal management skills and styles;
  • to enhance a range of skills useful to those who manage others via vignettes and video case studies;
  • to source academic texts related to managing people in different educational settings though a VLE and through independent use of online databases and search engines and manage references using appropriate software.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit participants will demonstrate:

  • a firm foundation of knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives on the management of people in educational contexts on which to build further professional practice and understanding;
  • understanding of the contributions made by research to knowledge about managing people in educational settings;
  • ability to apply theoretical understanding to the practice of managing and leading people in their own professional context and a range of settings;
  • ability to independently source, manage and engage critically with a range of texts related to management of people in educational contexts, including through use of digital and web-based tools;
  • ability to build and clearly articulate orally and in a written assignment a critical analysis of people management in educational organisations coherent and propose coherent and convincingly argued developmental or remedial solutions; and
  • being better equipped to discharge personal responsibilities for managing others in their professional environment.

Teaching Information

The unit will be will be taught using a blended approach consisting of a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities such as lectures and seminars, case studies, critical analysis of key readings, group discussions, presentations from external speakers and student presentations.

Assessment Information

Summative assessment:

Summative assessment for the unit will be on the basis of a 4,000 word assignment which will assess students' critical understanding of the literature and their ability to apply the concepts and theories explored to their own professional practice.

Reading and References

  • Bush, T. Bell, L. & Middlewood, D. (2010), The Principles of Educational Leadership and Management, 2nd edition, London, Paul Chapman.
  • Bush, T. and Middlewood, D. (2013) Leading & Managing People in Education, 3rd edition, London, Sage.
  • Foskett, N. and Lumby, J. (2003), Leading & Managing Education: international dimensions, London, Paul Chapman.
  • Guirdham, M. (2011), Communicating Across Cultures at Work (3rd edition), Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kydd, L. Anderson, L. and Newton, W. (eds) (2003) Leading People and Teams in Education, London: Open University.
  • Mullins, L.J. with Christy, G. (2013) Management and Organisational Behaviour, GB: Pearson Education.
  • E-book: West, M.A. (2012) Effective Teamwork: Practical Lessons from Organizational Research, London: John Wiley & Sons